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  • Paperback
  • 234 pages
  • Watermark The truth beneath the surface
  • Sari Sikstrom
  • English
  • 20 May 2014
  • 9781497398740

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  1. says:

    Watermark The Truth Beneath the Surface by Sari Sikstrom is a journey of a young forensic librarian on her uest to find the identity of her father This tale not only captures this young librarian's journey from the grandeur Rome to the old and very English city Oxford but also captures another woman's passage to an exotic country IndiaThanks to the author Sari Sikstrom for sending me over a copy of her book in return for an honest and unbiased review Dr Vela Ostofvold daughter of a very famous singer named Olivia Ostofvold who embarks upon a uest to search for her father after her best friend Amelia tells her that she is the reason behind her father's absence When Vela was fourteen and left alone by her careless mother Olivia she went to a book store to find the largest and the oldest dictionary where she meets Amelia who happen to be the book store owner's daughter Eventually their bond grows into friendship and soon they become each other's guide in their lives Vela falls in love with Amelia's cousin Franco But after Amelia's comment Vela looks for the clues of her father's identity among her mother's closet in their rented flat in Rome where she stumbles upon her grandmother's friend Penelope's letters where she has narrated her journey to India where she fell in love with an Indian Sikh man and got awestruck by the colors and the cultures of India But eventually Vela distances herself from her lover as well from herself on her uest to find her father Will Vela be successful to identify the watermark in her life? Will she find her father?Sari Sikstrom has penned this story with strikeness and passion since it is uite evident while I was reading the book the whole story was unfolding right in front of my eyes like a movie Moreover her description about India is uiet brilliant and very vivid I loved her characters from the protagonist Vela to Amelia to Miss Arthur to Franco although Olivia was not present in the story but the mentions about her made me think that she is almost present among the other characters The pace of the book is uiet good and from one country to another the author has led us into Vela's enchanting journey with a myriad of various cross country cultures and landscapes Set among so many timelines of Vela's life the story not only captivates you but will also intrigue you with its underlying mystery I wish I could see of Franco and Vela's broken relationship to mend Although there was very little chemistry mentioned between them still I could feel their passion when they talked to each other Do read this book to find the watermark in Vela's life that Olivia her mother tried to hide it so well


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    01152015Review Rating5 starsReviewed By Sarah Lowry for Readers’ FavoriteWatermark by Sari Sikstrom is the story of a young woman’s search for her own identity Vela lives in the shadow of her famous opera singer mother and was raised by her grandparents Although her mother was often away when she was young Vela has a good relationship with her It is Vela’s unknown father who haunts her life While in Rome to pack up her mother’s rental home Vela discovers letters between her grandmother and one of her mother’s childhood teachers These letters lead Vela into a past full of love and heartache While Vela journeys through the past to find her own identity she discovers that what she has always needed and wanted has been with her from childhood and she learns the reason her mother has kept her father’s identity hiddenWatermark is a story that kept me yearning to know Sari Sikstrom manages to tell not one but two stories in this novel which had me entranced I loved learning about the lives of Vela’s mother her grandmother and her mother’s teacher Sikstrom seamlessly wove these stories together with Vela’s The descriptions of both Rome and India were vivid and full of imagery enabling me to see these places as though I was there I would have liked to see a little of the romance and about Vela’s unusual job as a Forensic Librarian I’m a huge fan of books so I found Vela’s job intriguing and loved the emphasis on books throughout the story Sikstrom’s writing has a lovely poetic uality that drew me in and captivated me I loved this story and can’t wait to read by this wonderful author01242015Review Rating5 starsReviewed By Maria Beltran for Readers’ FavoriteWatermark The Truth Beneath the Surface by Sari Sikstrom revolves around the life of forensic librarian Dr Vela Ostofvold She is the love child of Olivia an internationally renowned singer She grows up in Canada in her grandparents’ care and later joins her mother in Italy where as a fourteen year old girl her interest in books is nurtured by her friendship with Amelia daughter of the owner of Persolino’s Rare Bookstore She also gets to know Amelia’s cousin Franco Vela finds a bundle of interesting letters in her mother’s apartment with clues relating to her father’s identity As she sets out for Oxford England she faces the nagging doubts about her relationship with Franco and her father’s real identity Will she ever find what she is looking for? Sari Sikstrom author of Watermark The Truth Beneath the Surface is a master story teller Her creative writing style is lyrical and poetic This however does not diminish the clarity of the story On the contrary her choice of words enhances the narrative Set in Italy and England she brings her readers to exotic India through the letters that were written to her grandmother ages ago It is easy to relate to the characters in the story because they are well developed and they possess strengths and flaws like all of us Consistent and clear this is the tale of a young woman’s uest to find the truth beneath the surface This is a refreshing story told from a uniue perspective As a forensic librarian Vela is an expert in deciphering the inscriptions left in old books by their previous owners and as some truths are revealed she tries to find the truth about her own existence I highly recommend this book01152015Review Rating5 starsReviewed By Anne Marie Reynolds for Readers’ FavoriteIn Watermark The Truth Beneath the Surface by Sari Sikstrom we find Vela signing copies of her new book when she is approached by a young girl who wants to know how much a book she inherited is worth Vela reveals that it could tell the girl a bit about her ancestry something that Vela is looking into for herself A journey to Italy where she finds letters in her mother’s apartment sends Vela on a journey to India where she starts to unravel the mystery surrounding her father Vela is also on another uest – to find a dictionary that was published in 1656 a Glossographia On her journey she meets Amelia who becomes her friend and leads to her uestioning whether she had anything to do with the disappearance of her father Will Vela find everything she is looking for or does she keep on meeting dead ends?Watermark The Truth Beneath the Surface by Sari Sikstrom was an interesting read It is a rare mix of a family story with mystery exotic locations and an interwoven love story that all come together in one gentle meandering journey The characters were believably written and added to the story I felt like I was living it seeing it all in Technicolor through their eyes For a debut author I believe that Sari Sikstrom is onto a real winner here and I would love to read from her in the very near future 01042015Review Rating5 starsReviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ FavoriteWatermark The Truth Beneath the Surface is a contemporary fiction novel written by Sari Sikstrom Vela Ostofvold is in Rome to finish packing her mother's belongings at the flat she'd occupied for decades Olivia Ostofvold is an opera star and she and her daughter looked uncannily alike Vela however is not in the limelight except for when she's mistaken for her famous mother She's a forensic librarian who's currently promoting her book Vela spent many summers sharing the apartment in Rome with her mother and is sad to be losing it but the landlord has arranged for a sale of the property While Vela's packing she finds an old leather suitcase jammed underneath a bed It's filled with keepsakes of her grandmother who along with her grandfather raised Vela in Alberta Canada Vela's always wondered about the identity of her father and she's hoping that the letters she finds in the suitcase will finally resolve that mysterySari Sikstrom's literary fiction novel Watermark is fascinating Sikstrom's hero Vela is a forensic librarian She can tell the provenance of a book the types of readers the climate and other details about the book and its history simply by examining its cover spine and pages Vela shares my love of books especially old books and I found myself getting excited for her when she visits Lord Gray's marvelous old library filled with leather bound classics Watermark is a multidimensional treat There's Vela's Roman life and friends including Franco a potential love interest and her old life in Alberta Canada on the farm where her Swedish grandparents raised her And nestled in between is the entrancing correspondence found in that old suitcase Will there be a seuel to Watermark in the near future? I certainly hope so I'd love to see of the characters who became like literary friends as I read through this book Watermark is most highly recommended01152015Review Rating5 starsReviewed By Anne Marie Reynolds for Readers’ FavoriteIn Watermark The Truth Beneath the Surface by Sari Sikstrom we find Vela signing copies of her new book when she is approached by a young girl who wants to know how much a book she inherited is worth Vela reveals that it could tell the girl a bit about her ancestry something that Vela is looking into for herself A journey to Italy where she finds letters in her mother’s apartment sends Vela on a journey to India where she starts to unravel the mystery surrounding her father Vela is also on another uest – to find a dictionary that was published in 1656 a Glossographia On her journey she meets Amelia who becomes her friend and leads to her uestioning whether she had anything to do with the disappearance of her father Will Vela find everything she is looking for or does she keep on meeting dead ends?Watermark The Truth Beneath the Surface by Sari Sikstrom was an interesting read It is a rare mix of a family story with mystery exotic locations and an interwoven love story that all come together in one gentle meandering journey The characters were believably written and added to the story I felt like I was living it seeing it all in Technicolor through their eyes For a debut author I believe that Sari Sikstrom is onto a real winner here and I would love to read from her in the very near future01162015Review Rating4 Reviewed By Jackie Timmons for Readers’ FavoriteWatermark The Truth Beneath the Surface by Sari Sikstrom is a beautifully written intriguing novel As the book begins we meet Dr Vela Ostovfold a forensic librarian and daughter of a prominent opera star Olivia Vela is often mistaken for her famous mother but her father's identity is a complete mystery to her Raised primarily by her grandparents in Canada Vela learned to not ask uestions about her father But that hasn't stopped her curiosity When clearing out her mother's Rome apartment Vela and her best friend and fellow book enthusiast Amelia discover a trunk filled with saved memorabilia and letters In hopes of finding a clue that would lead her to her father the two sift through the contents of the trunk Most intriguing is a collection of letters from Miss Penelope Arthur Olivia's teacher to Vela's grandmother Will these letters help lead Vela to her father?Sari Sikstrom's Watermark could easily be the first book in a series While Vela spent the majority of this story reading letters and searching for her father her forensic librarian work when described is fascinating and could lead to many additional stories All the characters are well developed and interesting Vela's best friend Amelia is likable and spirited and Amelia's family who consider Vela to be one of their own seem to be a group who could add a lot of comedy to the story The letters from Miss Arthur are beautiful and descriptive I was glad when we were able to meet Miss Arthur and learn even of her story and Olivia's I would have liked to hear a little about Vela's relationship with Franco but overall I enjoyed this book01012015Review Rating5 starsReviewed By Melinda Hills for Readers’ FavoriteThe events that occur throughout a person’s life provide memories to create a wonderful collage that changes focus like images in a turning kaleidoscope Different situations bring particular pieces to the foreground but underneath everything is a truth that serves as a watermark of authenticity In Sari Sikstrom’s novel Watermark The Truth Beneath the Surface Vela consciously rotates the kaleidoscope of her life to try to discover the identity of her father As she uncovers bits and pieces of information related to her mother’s youth and the connections that had been formed in those early years she unveils a rich tapestry of hopes dreams and disappointments that bring Vela to a very important understanding each day and every friendship is precious As a forensic librarian Vela has dedicated her life to uncovering the personal story behind old books Her private journey mirrors the examination of an old volume until Vela sees that enjoying the book is as important as simply owning it if not so Now as a young woman in love she joins with her friends in creating an exciting new life – enjoying it and not just living itWatermark The Truth Beneath the Surface by Sari Sikstrom is a poignant tale of past loves¸ missed opportunities true devotion and the power to take control of your life It makes you realize that not every uestion needs an answer but rather an understanding of circumstances that allows you to move on in peace Focusing on a uest for answers from the past should not blind anyone to the possibilities of life that are right in front of them and that paying attention to clues found in the margins or the binding of the lives of those around us can serve as guides What is and what can be mean so much than what could have been in this thoughtful heart warming story


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    Reviewed on behalf of Readers' FavoriteWatermark The Truth beneath the Surface by Sari Sikstrom is a novel about Vela Ostofvold daughter of a famous opera singer Olivia Ostofvold Vela has chosen a different path from that of her mother and prefers a uiet life amongst books She travels Europe helping families restore and catalog their precious libraries Vela is driven by the greatest mystery of all who is her father While packing her mother’s apartment in Rome Vela comes across a box of letters from an old friend to her grandmother This is the push she needed to unlock the mystery of her father’s identity Traveling to England Vela visits old friends of her mother’s to try and gain insight into her conundrum Will she discover the identity of the man or is the secret lost to the ages?Miss Sikstrom is very creative in her execution of this novel I liked the how the letters between Vela’s grandmother and an old friend painted a very vivid picture of life in India At points in the letters it was as if I was stepping back in time as India seemed to change very little despite it being the 1970s While an easy read I felt the story somewhat lacking The ending felt rushed and I wanted to see about what happened with Vela and Franco Overall though as a compelling read Watermark The Truth beneath the Surface shows us how finding out the answers to life’s mysteries doesn’t always bring happiness but it can bring about closure


  4. says:

    What a lovely book We meet Vela doing a book signing for her book about being a forensic librarian A young girl approaches her and asks about the value of a small book she inherited Vela gives her some facts about the book and how it was handled and let's the young lady know it could give her some clues to her ancestors Something Vela herself is looking into Then she travels to Italy Letters found while packing up Olivia's Vela's mother's apartment make India sound so exotic and romantic while still letting you know there can still be pollution and sadness in such a wonderfully exotic place populated by millions of people Her description of the saris they wore to dinner made me want one Then Vela's travels to England to examine books in a collection to estimate its value and to talk about possibly taking possession of it on the owner's death Woven through the entire story is Vela's search for her father's identity So well written I want to read other works by M Sikstrom and believe I will be reading this book again I fully recommend it to everyone


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    Reviewed for Reader's FavoriteWatermark The Truth Beneath the Surface by Sari Sikstrom revolves around the life of forensic librarian Dr Vela Ostofvold She is the love child of Olivia an internationally renowned singer She grows up in Canada in her grandparents’ care and later joins her mother in Italy where as a fourteen year old girl her interest in books is nurtured by her friendship with Amelia daughter of the owner of Persolino’s Rare Bookstore She also gets to know Amelia’s cousin Franco Vela finds a bundle of interesting letters in her mother’s apartment with clues relating to her father’s identity As she sets out for Oxford England she faces the nagging doubts about her relationship with Franco and her father’s real identity Will she ever find what she is looking for?Sari Sikstrom author of Watermark The Truth Beneath the Surface is a master story teller Her creative writing style is lyrical and poetic This however does not diminish the clarity of the story On the contrary her choice of words enhances the narrative Set in Italy and England she brings her readers to exotic India through the letters that were written to her grandmother ages ago It is easy to relate to the characters in the story because they are well developed and they possess strengths and flaws like all of us Consistent and clear this is the tale of a young woman’s uest to find the truth beneath the surface This is a refreshing story told from a uniue perspective As a forensic librarian Vela is an expert in deciphering the inscriptions left in old books by their previous owners and as some truths are revealed she tries to find the truth about her own existence I highly recommend this book


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    Reviewed for Readers' FavoriteDr Vela Ostofvold a forensic librarian seeks to resolve things with her love interest while simultaneously determining her paternity in Watermark by Sari Sikstrom Set in Italy readers will follow Vela the daughter of an opera star as she uncovers bits of her mother’s past and travels to India via some old letters she finds written by one of Olivia’s former teachers Along the way readers will visit portions of India in days long gone Vela’s mother Olivia has never discussed Vela’s father and though the young woman will not come out and ask for the details she longs to fill in that portion of her past As the story progresses she discovers that she still loves Franco the young man with whom she has had a relationship since childhood notwithstanding their prior misunderstanding With the help of her friend Amelia Vela finds answers to her mysteryThe background for Watermark by Sari Sikstrom is engaging and the relationships sincere I especially enjoyed the camaraderie between Vela and Amelia and the scenes set in Franco’s family bar Sikstrom uses engaging and colorful language and provides snippets from the past that make the story “real” But by far my favorite moments were those spent in Amelia’s family bookstore and those when Vela engaged her skills as a forensic librarian It is intriguing to think of the things one can learn about a work via the evidence they’ve left behind In this regard Watermark offers some interesting details and information that I am unlikely to forget


  7. says:

    I'm not sure why I keep accepting books from self published authors who are not already well known Every so often a plot comes across my desk and I think YES this has potential to be great and I give it a go But then so freuently I begin reading and am forced to remember that plot cannot carry a novel Style grammar pacing and other factors are important too Unfortunately Sikstrom fails to impress on style her repetitive use of metaphor uickly becomes distracting and tedious With sharp editing there is something worthwhile here but otherwise it's not worth the time not when there are so many other great books waiting to be read


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    The Truth Beneath the Surface is a lovely novel The author has a wonderful ability to paint realistic descriptions of places including Rome India and Oxford The characters are deftly described in their appearance speech and emotions The heroine Vela a forensic librarian discovers family secrets and history in a search for her father Ultimately she finds renewal hope and love The story flows beautifully and keeps the reader involved and intrigued The short chapters and clever and enigmatic but appropriate titles are an added bonus The author is a very talented writer


  9. says:

    A jewel of a book to say the least It is on my list of books to purchase for family and friends I found myselfre reading so many paragraphs with a smile on my face Sari has a uniue gift of knowing just what to say and how to say itThis book covets a special place on my book shelf and in my heart


  10. says:

    Beautiful lyrical language that draws you in Vela Ostofvold is a uniue protagonist on a search for her father's identity Savor the words like the slow melt of a soft caramel on your tongue


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About the Author: Sari Sikstrom

While working a full time job truth beneath PDF/EPUB æ I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Alberta My writing is influenced by my travel adventures I have crossed the desert by camel drifted in a hot air balloon floated to earth under a parachute bounced from a bungee sailed the Pacific Oceanscuba dived with the Cousteau Societybicycled through the valley of the kings hiked the.